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Child Maltreatment: Interventions

Release Date: November 2018

Recommendation Summary

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Children and adolescents 18 years and younger

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment.


Children with signs or symptoms suggestive of maltreatment should be assessed or reported according to the applicable state laws.


See the Clinical Considerations section for suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.

To read the recommendation statement in JAMA, select here.

To read the evidence summary in JAMA, select here.

Related Information for Health Professionals

There is no related information for health professionals.

Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

Current as of: November 2018

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Child Maltreatment: Interventions. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. November 2018.

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